SMART assistive systems in power tools – Identification of product requirements in application studies

Proceedings of the 31st Symposium Design for X (DFX2020)

Year: 2020
Editor: Dieter Krause; Kristin Paetzold; Sandro Wartzack
Author: Wilwer, Jürgen; Germann, René; Dörner, Philipp-Tobias; Matthiesen, Sven
Series: DfX
Institution: IPEK – Institute of product engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Section: User-Centred Design
Page(s): 141-150
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The use of miniaturized sensor and actuator technology makes it possible to develop smart assistive systems in power tools for user support. For this purpose, not only the understanding of the power tool, but also the understanding of the user and the user’s behavior are important. Furthermore, the resulting interactions between the user and power tool are indispensable. For the identification of product requirements for smart power tools, this paper presents a methodical approach to analyze the user behavior of non-professionals when assembling a birdhouse. From this analysis, first findings for the need and the added value in the use of smart assistive systems are derived. As a result of this paper first requirements for the development of smart cordless screwdriver can be identified.

Keywords: Power tools, user-centered design, assistive technology, end user studies


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